As a teacher, I abhor ignorance, especially when exhibited by supposed journalists. They display their ignorance by not asking proper follow-up questions of politicians. Here are a few examples.
The new Postmaster General states that the Post Office is a business (not a service) and must make a profit. I have not heard media folks ask him if it is a business, why can’t they raise the price of stamps or charge more for delivery to out-of-the way places just like stores and airlines can? Why do they not ask why we do not demand a profit from the military or our police and fire departments? The answer, of course, is that they each are a service, as is the Post Office.
When Democratic leaders failed to agree with a Republican proposal to advance the $600 unemployment benefit for a short time while they continue negotiations, nobody questioned why Democrats would not do this if they were concerned about those out of work?
The nomination of Kamala Harris has brought back the “birther” concern. Are all journalists so ignorant that they do not know the requirement to be a natural American citizen? It matters not where President Obama was born since his mother was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth. Senator Cruz was born in Canada, the late Senator McCain was born in Panama and George Romney (Mitt’s father), who ran for President, was born in Mexico. At least one of their parents was an American citizen at the time of birth. Nobody asks!
If police must deal with violent behavior in Portland, Oregon, why was there not questions from the media about dealing with the display of weapons by White supremacists in Michigan?
When a Republican claims that mail-in ballots are fraught with opportunity for shenanigans, why is that politician not challenged to answer why mail-in voting is used in Utah, a very red state? When a Democrat complains that Republicans are driving the federal courts to the right, why are they not reminded of President Obama’s words, “Elections have consequences.”
The answer to ignorance is education. If the media will not get proper education then we, as voters, must.